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title Martinez Decisions Alex Baba

rodriguez353322.jpgUndefeated bantamweight contender Raul Martinez (21-0, 13 KOs) continued with his success, winning a grueling eight-round unanimous decision over journeyman fighter Alex Baba (26-12-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Jacob Brown Auditorium, in Brownsville, Texas. Martinez, ranked #9th in the World Boxing Organization & World Boxing Association bantamweight division, had a little too much skill and youth for the 37 year-old Baba, though the fight ended up being perhaps more difficult than Martinez, 25, perhaps imagined going in. Martinez led through the opening rounds, but Baba, a fighter that never stops punching, seemed to wear Martinez down over the last four rounds, and made the fight competitive.

The final judges’ scores were 79-73, 78-74 and 78-74. However, I had the fight scored as a draw, as Baba seemed to give Martinez a lot of problems with his constant pressure, and seemed to be wearing him out near the end of the fight. In fact, Martinez, who generally comes forward all the time, started back up in the last two rounds of the fight, using mostly his jab to try and keep Baba off of him. It didn’t work, but it looked impressive, as Martinez threw double and triple jabs over and over again. Read the rest of this entry »



title Soto-Karass Decisons Sanders

karass464644.jpgWelterweight contender Jesus Soto-Karrass (19-3-3, 14 KOs) won a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night over veteran Germaine Sanders (27-5, 17 KOs) at the Jacob Brown Auditorium, in Brownsville, Texas. Karrass, 25, cruised through the first four rounds of the fight, out-punching the 37 year-old Sanders with hooks to the body and head. Karass, ranked #10 in the World Boxing Organization welterweight division, had little problems, as Sanders seemed only interested in throwing jabs during most of the action.

Though his jab was an effective tool against Karass, it wasn’t enough to win the rounds, for Karass would generally wait until the last minute of each round to open up with his body attacks. The final judges’ scores were 95-93, 97-92 and 96-93, all for Karass.

In rounds one through four, Karass constantly came forward, shooting hooks, and right hands to the head of Sanders, backing him up. During most of the rounds, Sanders rarely threw a punch other than a jab, as if he were afraid to commit himself to a punch for fear of getting countered by Karass. Read the rest of this entry »



title Jones, Trinidad Speak; HBO Replay

It’s a special edition of BOXING AFTER DARK when HBO Sports presents FELIX TRINIDAD VS. ROY JONES, JR. the exclusive replay of their light heavyweight showdown, this SATURDAY, JAN. 26 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcast team, which was ringside for the live event at Madison Square Garden in New York, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. Carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View, the Jan. 19 fight featured the long anticipated showdown between two future Hall of Fame performers. The 39-year-old Roy Jones, Jr. scored a unanimous decision victory in the 170-pound showdown. The exclusive replay will be paired with the previously announced BOXING AFTER DARK telecast from Berlin as Alexander Povetkin meets Eddie Chambers in a heavyweight tilt. Read the rest of this entry »



title Bailey Destroys Mora

bailey464633.jpgFormer World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Randall Bailey (36-6, 33 KOs) obliterated his over-matched opponent Anthony Mora (15-2, 10 KOs) in the 5th round last night to win the vacant WBC Latino light welterweight title at the Mallory Square, in Key West, Florida. Bailey, 33, who was coming off a dreadful 12-round split decision loss to Herman Ngoudjo in his last bout on July 8th, 2007, seemed to want to make an example out of the 30 year-old Mora, as every punch that Bailey threw looked to have knockout intentions on it.

Bailey knocked Mora down late in the 4th round with a big right hand, and then finished him off with another scorching right hand early in the 5th. After the second knockdown, Mora looked badly hurt, blood coming out of his mouth. To his credit, he quickly jumped to his feet want wanted to continue fighting, but his cornerman came in the ring and stopped the fight to prevent Mora from taking any more punishment. It was a good thing he did, because Bailey, who punches like an ox, was going to literally take Mora’s head off with another right if the action had continued for any longer. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pickering Stops Hughes

Sham Pickering (33-6, 13 KOs) gained revenge on Friday night against Sean Hughes (14-7-1, 1 KOs) by stopping him in the 9th round of a scheduled 12-round bout for the BBofC British super bantamweight title at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Pickering, hurt Hughes with two big right hands in the 9th round, causing the referee move in and stop the bout, although it appeared to be a premature stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »



title Katsidis vs. Casamayor On March 22nd – Is Michael Overrated?

On March 22nd, undefeated knockout artist Michael Katsidis (23-0, 20 KOs), the World Boxing Organization lightweight champion, will be going up against WBC lightweight champion 36 year-old Joel Casamayor (35-3-1, 21 KOs) at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California. It’s a make a break fight for Casamayor, who is coming off of a very controversial 12-round split decision victory over Jose Armando Santa Cruz on November 10th. Read the rest of this entry »



title Winky Wright: Why Hasn’t He Received The Fame Like Other Boxers?

wright64646.jpgDuring this past week with all the news on the old timers bout between Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones, I took another look at Trinidad’s bout with Winky Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs), which turned out to be a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision victory for Wright in May 2005. I wondered why, a fighter with as much talent as the 36 year-old Wright, didn’t get the type of fame and popularity as other fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bernard Hopkins get. Since turning professional in 1990, Wright has only been beaten four times, yet of the four, three of the losses – to Hopkins, Fernando Vargas and Harry Simon – have been highly controversial.

In point of fact, I only consider Wright’s loss to World Boxing Association light middleweight champion Julio Cesar Vasquez in August 1994, as being Wright’s only legitimate loss. In that fight, Wright dominated Vazquez for most of the fight before tiring out in the later rounds, and subsequently getting knocked down four times en route to losing a 12-round decision. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya To Fight Tune-Up On May 3rd

In the latest boxing news, former six-time champion Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) will be fighting a tune-up bout on May 3rd against an un-named opponent before Oscar takes Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a rematch which will likely be held on September 20th. Best of all, De La Hoya’s tune-up fight will be shown on regular HBO, giving the fans a break from not having to fork over $49.95 for a PPV bout. Read the rest of this entry »



title Andy Lee vs. Alejandro Gustavo Falliga On February 2nd

lee46223244.jpgUndefeated middleweight prospect Andy Lee (14-0, 11 KOs) will be taking on the tough Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (14-3-2, 4 KOs) on February 2nd, at the University Sports Arena in Limerick, Ireland. Lee, 23, considered by many people to be one of the best prospects in the middleweight division, has been quickly moving up against tougher competition. In choosing Falliga, 25, Lee is facing his best opponent of his career. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golota-Mollo: Will Andrew Retire If He Loses?

40 year-old heavyweight contender Andrew Golota (40-6-1, 33 KOs) will be fighting on the undercard of Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad bout this Saturday night against heavyweight prospect Mike Molla (19-1, 12 KOs) at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Golota, ranked #10 in the World Boxing Council, is going up against one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division in Molla. Normally, this would be a bout that an experienced heavyweight like Golota could win fairly easy, since Molla has been in with only one top fighter in his career, DaVarryl Williamson, and was blown out in the 4th round in May 2006. Read the rest of this entry »



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